EU job opportunities highlighted on Ministerial visit

EU job opportunities highlighted on Ministerial visit

Pictured at Queen's are, L-R: The Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP; Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry MLA; and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson

The Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, has visited Queen's to encourage students to consider a career in the European Union Civil Service.

During the visit, the Minister hosted a discussion with Queen’s students and staff, careers teachers, sixth form students and local politicians, about the exciting and challenging opportunities to be gained from working in the EU. The Minister also took time to meet students from the School of Modern Languages who have expressed an interest in working in the EU.

Opening the discussion, the Minister for Europe said: “The EU needs outstanding generalist civil servants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, as well as specialists such as lawyers, economists, auditors, interpreters and statisticians. These are careers packed from the outset with interesting, challenging work that really makes a difference: shaping the policies, creating the legislation and negotiating the solutions which make the headlines across Europe every day.”

Welcoming the Minister to Queen’s, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for students across Northern Ireland, to hear directly from the Minister for Europe about the exciting careers that are available in EU institutions.  The distinctive choice of degrees involving a modern language at Queen’s places our students in a strong position when seeking to secure these sought after posts."

Also taking part in the discussion were Huw Davies from the European Personnel Selection Office, Maurice Maxwell, Head of the European Commission Office in Belfast and Dr David Phinnemore, Senior Lecturer in European Integration at Queen’s. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Employment and Learning were also in attendance.

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